An all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet is a highly versatile combat jet capable of filling a wide range of roles, including fleet defense, close air support, interdiction, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, and reconnaissance. It was developed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop in answer to the US Navy’s call for a modern, carrier-capable replacement for the F-4 Phantom II and A-4 Skyhawk. First deployed in 1983, Hornets have served in Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War and have equipped the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, since 1987.

The Museum's F/A-18A (Bureau Number 163106) joined the Blue Angels in early 2004 and served with the team until 2016. It has a distinguished combat record, serving with Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87) during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Continue Hope in Somalia. It also flew with Marine Fighter Strike Squadron 314 (VMFA-314), and Navy Fighter Strike Squadron 94 (VFA-94).

This aircraft loan courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida

Bureau Number:
163106
Wingspan:
40 ft, 4.75 in (12.31 m)
Length:
56 ft, 0 in (17.07 m)
Height:
15 ft, 3.5 in (4.66 m)
Wing Area:
400 ft² (37.16 m²)
Empty Weight:
23,050 lbs (10,455 kg)
Gross Weight:
56,000 lbs (25,401 kg)
Maximum Speed:
1,370 mph/2205 kmh (Mach 1.8) at 40,000 ft/12,190 m
Power Plant:
Two General Electric F404-GE-400 afterburning turbofans, each of 16,000-lbf (71.17 kN) thrust
Ferry Range:
2,400 mi. (3,860 km)

An all-weather fighter and attack aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet is a highly versatile combat jet capable of filling a wide range of roles, including fleet defense, close air support, interdiction, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, and reconnaissance. It was developed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop in answer to the US Navy’s call for a modern, carrier-capable replacement for the F-4 Phantom II and A-4 Skyhawk. First deployed in 1983, Hornets have served in Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War and have equipped the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, since 1987.

The Museum's F/A-18A (Bureau Number 163106) joined the Blue Angels in early 2004 and served with the team until 2016. It has a distinguished combat record, serving with Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87) during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Continue Hope in Somalia. It also flew with Marine Fighter Strike Squadron 314 (VMFA-314), and Navy Fighter Strike Squadron 94 (VFA-94).

This aircraft loan courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida

Bureau Number:
163106
Wingspan:
40 ft, 4.75 in (12.31 m)
Length:
56 ft, 0 in (17.07 m)
Height:
15 ft, 3.5 in (4.66 m)
Wing Area:
400 ft² (37.16 m²)
Empty Weight:
23,050 lbs (10,455 kg)
Gross Weight:
56,000 lbs (25,401 kg)
Maximum Speed:
1,370 mph/2205 kmh (Mach 1.8) at 40,000 ft/12,190 m
Power Plant:
Two General Electric F404-GE-400 afterburning turbofans, each of 16,000-lbf (71.17 kN) thrust
Ferry Range:
2,400 mi. (3,860 km)